Black and Hispanic Students Most Likely to be Arrested in School

Students and advocates held a rally outside education department headquarters last week to call for an end to school arrests and summonses. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Popular Democracy via Chalkbeat)

While in-school arrests and summonses have declined recently, Black and Hispanic students continue to account for the largest share of such police actions, according to a new analysis by the Urban Youth Collective and the Center for Popular Democracy. Chalkbeat’s Patrick Wall writes that more than 92 percent of students arrested in schools during the school year that ended in June 2017 were Black or Hispanic. And while schools have reduced suspensions and seem to be heeding admonitions of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to adopt less harsh penalties against students, it remains the case that Black students account for a disproportionate share of those suspended, notes Wall.

“Clearly there’s an issue with discriminatory policing in schools,” said Kesi Foster, a coordinator with the Urban Youth Collaborative. “It’s also unnecessary policing.”

What do Foster and other advocates want the city to do? And what has the Education Department already done to address racial disparities? Go to Chalkbeat to find out.

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